Around a few days ago, it was possible to order Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for Xbox One using Amazon or Xbox Live. However, that is no longer the case and furthermore, there is no explanation to this released yet.
Recently, Kotaku asked Microsoft and Activision about it but the statements they released did not make any sense whatsoever. These changes were first noticed by ICXM when they discovered that the standard and deluxe versions of the game were slowly removed from both Xbox Live and Amazon, over the past week.
If you look at the Amazon page, you will notice that there is no digital code option for the Xbox One. Meanwhile, it was checked for Black Ops 3 was still available for PlayStation One on PSN and it is.
The same thing apparently, did not take place in PSN. Microsoft decided to comment about it, “We are actively engaged with Activision to return ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’ to the Xbox Store as soon as possible. In the meantime, fans can pre-order ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’ for Xbox One or Xbox 360 from any of a host of retail partners here.”
This is just another statement and doesn’t reveal anything helpful at all. Microsoft was further asked whether Activision asked them to remove the pre-order and the following reply was offered in return: “Yes, the ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’ pre-order offers have been temporarily removed from the Xbox Store, however we are actively engaged with Activision to return it as soon as possible.”
According to Kotaku, the entire removal sounds a bit fishy and there is something larger in works and could be more than an accident leading up to launch.
Meanwhile, Activision issued a statement as well, “Activision did not remove the digital version of Call of Duty: Black Ops III from the Xbox Games Store. Black Ops III is ready for launch on November 6th and is the most anticipated game of the year.
Black Ops III is available for pre-order or pre-purchase through our other retail partners worldwide.” Meanwhile, this statement by Activision was shown to Microsoft, hoping that they would offer further explanation.
Sadly, all they had to say regarding this matter is this, “We do not comment on the specific terms of our arrangements with any of our publishing partners, however we are actively engaged with Activision to return ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’ to the Xbox Store.
In the meantime, fans can pre-order ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’ for Xbox One or Xbox 360 from any of a host of retail partners here.”
The statements are quite misleading and none of them led to anything that can comes as solution. Meanwhile, a $100 digital deluxe version can still be purchased from Xbox One at GameStop.
However, the $60 standard version of Call of Duty Black Ops 3 is not available as a downloadable purchase on GameStop, for either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. You should keep in mind that Call of Duty changed marketing partners this year, from Microsoft to Sony.
Therefore, Call of Duty’s DLC will first show on PlayStation and then on Xbox One. Right now it doesn’t make any sense and Kotaku isn’t sure whether this deal has anything to do with the situation in Amazon and Xbox Live.